Latest Russia-Ukraine news: Finland prepares for Russia to cut gas supply in response to NATO enforcement commitment

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Ben Wallace said that Britain would “certainly come to the aid militarily” of Finland and Sweden if such a scenario became necessary.

The Defense Secretary, speaking to The Washington Post, said the UK’s position in the Joint Expeditionary Force (which also includes Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania , the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway) meant that it would “reassure” countries like Sweden and Finland that it would be “inconceivable” not to help them in the event of an attack.

Mr. Wallace also spoke about Ukrainian forces using British weapons.

He said: “Ukraine is fully within its rights to take action to defend itself against invaders such as Russia who illegally occupy and invade their country – this is international law.

“Part of that response to defending yourself is not just inside your country, but obviously taking action to weaken the military that’s invading right now, so it would make perfect sense that you needed to do something about supply chains that feed Russia’s army…

“First of all, we [Britain] didn’t really give them weapons that could possibly allow them to do that. We haven’t given them helicopters or planes or very long-range equipment, so it’s unlikely that weapons can be used across their border. But we give arms to Ukraine, according to a kind of article 51 of the United Nations allowing them to defend themselves…”

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